A Concise Companion to American Studies
Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies 1. Aufl.
A Companion to American Studies is an essential volume that brings together voices and scholarship from across the spectrum of American experience. A collection of 22 original essays which provides an unprecedented introduction to the "new" American Studies: a comparative, transnational, postcolonial and polylingual discipline Addresses a variety of subjects, from foundations and backgrounds to the field, to different theories of the “new” American Studies, and issues from globalization and technology to transnationalism and post-colonialism Explores the relationship between American Studies and allied fields such as Ethnic Studies, Feminist, Queer and Latin American Studies Designed to provoke discussion and help students and scholars at all levels develop their own approaches to contemporary American Studies
List of Contributors x Acknowledgments xvi Introduction 1John Carlos Rowe Part I Foundations and Backgrounds 17 1. Puritan Origins 19Philip F. Gura 2. Cultural Anthropology and the Routes of American Studies, 1851–1942 36Michael A. Elliott 3. The Laboring of American Culture 59Michael Denning 4. Is Class an American Study? 74Paul Lauter 5. Religious Studies 92Jay Mechling 6. American Languages 124Joshua L. Miller Part II Ethnic Studies and American Studies 151 7. Blood Lines and Blood Shed: Intersectionality and Differential Consciousness in Ethnic Studies and American Studies 153George Lipsitz 8. Native American Studies 172John Gamber 9. The Locations of Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies 190Richard T. Rodríguez 10. African American Studies 210Jared Sexton 11. Reckoning Nation and Empire: Asian American Critique 229Lisa Lowe Part III The New American Studies 245 12. Western Hemispheric Drama and Performance 247Harilaos Stecopoulos 13. Postnational and Postcolonial Reconfigurations of American Studies in the Postmodern Condition 263Donald Pease 14. Culture, US Imperialism, and Globalization 284John Carlos Rowe 15. Sugar, Sex, and Empire: Sarah Orne Jewett’s “The Foreigner” and the Spanish-American War 303Rebecca Walsh 16. The Rapprochement of Technology Studies and American Studies 320David E. Nye 17. The World Wide Web and Digital Culture: New Borders, New Media, New American Studies 334Matthias Oppermann Part IV Problems and Issues 351 18. Regionalism 353Kevin R. McNamara 19. The West and Manifest Destiny 369Deborah L. Madsen 20. Canadian Studies and American Studies 387Alyssa MacLean 21. The US University under Siege: Confronting Academic Unfreedom 407Henry A. Giroux 22. Popular, Mass, and High Culture 432Shelley Streeby Index 453
John Carlos Rowe is USC Associates’ Professor of the Humanities and Chair of the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He has written and edited many books, including The Vietnam War and American Culture (1991), Post-Nationalist American Studies (2000), Literary Culture and U.S. Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II (2000), and The New American Studies (2002).
A Companion to American Studies offers a variety of approaches to the new American Studies, including its relations to allied fields such as Ethnic, Gender, Cultural, Postcolonial, and Media Studies. The volume is divided into four parts: Foundations and Backgrounds; Ethnic Studies and American Studies; The New American Studies; and Problems and Issues. Combining historical essays with theoretical and polemical issues, this companion is designed to provoke discussion and help students and scholars at all levels develop their own approaches to the diverse areas included in contemporary American Studies.
"There is no more masterful guide to the field of American Studies than John Carlos Rowe. In this volume, he brings together some of the most articulate scholars in the field to map out the key issues defining American studies scholarship at its most exciting and relevant. This book is an impressive introduction to the key issues of the field today." Marita Sturken, New York University "The stunning and compelling essays collected in this comprehensive volume by John Rowe provide an essential guide to the transformation of the field of American Studies for the 21st century." George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California
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